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  • An astounding four-story condo in San Francisco

    Where: 3233 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94118 Four levels of luxury await at this elegant San Francisco condo. With an impressive facade and gorgeous formal entry, this space features ornate crown molding, beautiful oak paneling and numerous rooms remodeled with the finest details. The kitchen includes marble countertops, a [read more]
    Source: Alain Pinel Black & Gold BlogPublished on 2018-12-07
  • Exclusivity and elegance in a Los Gatos estate

    Where: 18612 Decatur Road, Los Gatos, CA 95030 This five bedroom, five and three half bathroom Monte Sereno estate tucked away in one of Silicon Valley’s most exclusive neighborhoods is the epitome of luxury living. The resort-like iron gate entry, surrounded by large palm trees and lotus flower, is right [read more]
    Source: Alain Pinel Black & Gold BlogPublished on 2018-11-30
  • Striking detail and design in San Mateo County

    Where: 570 Remillard Drive, Hillsborough CA 94010 Built with striking craftsmanship and design, this home ideal for both formal entertaining and comfortable everyday living. The stunning property boasts Craftsman details from top to bottom, as well as Australian spotted gum hardwood floors, Italian Murano glass lights, and onyx countertops. Other [read more]
    Source: Alain Pinel Black & Gold BlogPublished on 2018-11-23
  • Most Asked Questions
    Real estate Q&A: What is escrow? What is escrow? Making an offer on a house is the riskiest part of the home buying process. Escrow was a system put in place to mitigate some of that risk. It’s the neutral middle ground where earnest money is held until both buyer [read more]
    Source: Alain Pinel Black & Gold BlogPublished on 2018-11-21
  • International Myth/Reality
    The Myth of the Foreign Buyer When to market your home overseas A good home marketing plan is driven by data – especially when it comes to the question of whether or not you should market your home on an international platform. We’ve heard a lot of talk recently about [read more]
    Source: Alain Pinel Black & Gold BlogPublished on 2018-11-21
  • Behind The Curtain
    APR takes you behind the curtain of the MLS What is an MLS? When you need to find a recipe, you go to google. When your agent needs to find your new home, they go to the MLS. The MLS (Multiple Listing Service) is a database of all the homes [read more]
    Source: Alain Pinel Black & Gold BlogPublished on 2018-11-21
  • An elegant escape nestled in Novato

    Where: 5 Savanna Court, Novato, CA 94947 This incredibly elegant, executive style home sits in the beautiful Pacheco Ranch Estates. The first thing you notice when you walk in the door is the gorgeous formal entry and dramatic winding staircase leading to the second floor. Three fireplaces throughout the home [read more]
    Source: Alain Pinel Black & Gold BlogPublished on 2018-11-16
  • A country estate in Saratoga

    Where: 19400 Saratoga Los Gatos Road, Saratoga, CA 95070 Privately located in Saratoga’s premier platinum triangle, this stunning “Green Gables” country estate blends seamlessly with beautifully manicured grounds. The home offers a gracious interior with fine architectural craftsmanship and details, including stately rooms, hardwood flooring, expansive picture windows, luxurious mill [read more]
    Source: Alain Pinel Black & Gold BlogPublished on 2018-11-09
  • Premier design in a prestigious Palo Alto property

    Where: 706 Matadero Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306 This four-bedroom, three-bathroom home built in 2010 is spectacular, offering incredible design and build quality in the Barron Park community. Its large living room opens to the enclosed front patio, making it great for entertaining. The atrium in the center of the [read more]
    Source: Alain Pinel Black & Gold BlogPublished on 2018-11-02
  • Spanish style and old-world charm in San Mateo

    Where: 109 Seville Way, San Mateo, CA 94402 This charming Spanish-style home located in the beautiful San Mateo Aragon neighborhood offers endless old-world charm. Its spectacular living room includes a vaulted ceiling, dramatic front window, mahogany doors and wood floors throughout. The formal dining room is located adjacent to the [read more]
    Source: Alain Pinel Black & Gold BlogPublished on 2018-10-26
  • Sonoma County Third Quarter Market Report

    Comparing the third quarter of 2018 to the same period in 2017, new sales are down 2%, new listings are down 4.3%, and the average sales price is up 11%. So, with inventories dropping twice as fast as sales, prices have skyrocketed. The soaring prices in this deteriorating market [read more]
    Source: Alain Pinel Black & Gold BlogPublished on 2018-10-22
  • Santa Cruz County Third Quarter Market Report

    Prices in Santa Cruz County rose 12% from the same period in 2017, with Capitola having a particularly active period. Prices there increased by 39% compared to the third quarter of last year, while months of inventory rose by 83%. Overall, inventory in the county loosened significantly, up by [read more]
    Source: Alain Pinel Black & Gold BlogPublished on 2018-10-22
  • Santa Clara County Third Quarter Market Report

    The Santa Clara County fall real estate market continues to adjust to the rising interest rates and slowing buyer demand. Multiple offers were far scarcer, although sellers were still receiving an average of 100% of their asking price throughout the third quarter of 2018. The median sales price has adjusted [read more]
    Source: Alain Pinel Black & Gold BlogPublished on 2018-10-22
  • San Mateo County Third Quarter Market Report

    Prices in San Mateo County rose 14% from the same period in 2017. Inventory is up significantly by 45% compared to 2017, but continued to sell quickly, with days on market decreasing by 5%. Several areas saw loosening inventory, such as Burlingame, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Millbrae, San Bruno, and [read more]
    Source: Alain Pinel Black & Gold BlogPublished on 2018-10-22
  • San Francisco County Third Quarter Market Report

    During this last quarter, San Francisco County saw an increase in inventory, rising by 25% overall with some communities, such as Glen Park, Bayview, North Beach, Sunset, Inner Mission, Lakeshore, and others, increasing by over 100% as compared to the third quarter of last year. Number of sales and [read more]
    Source: Alain Pinel Black & Gold BlogPublished on 2018-10-22

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